64-year-old bitten by shark while surfing in New Smyrna Beach – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) – A shark grabs a woman’s foot in New Smyrna Beach.
The 64-year-old was riding her longboard with friends when she felt the bad bite just after 9 a.m. on Friday.
Her family is grateful that they were able to make it out alive after the attack.
“She said she saw him. I looked him straight in the eye, clear as day. [She] said she would never forget him, ”said victim’s son Derek Wikso.
Wikso said her mother may need surgery to repair the fractures in her foot caused by the deep bite.
He shared photos of his injury and said from the gap and the puncture wounds medics estimated it to be a 4-foot bull shark.
“Very good bite,” Wikso said. “Looks like she broke her foot, the bottom was shredded pretty well, the top ripped pretty well.”
“We hope it heals,” said one netizen. “It’s a shame. She surfs a lot here.
Surfers in the area said they heard her scream and guessed it was a shark bite.
“It does happen, you know, but it’s pretty rare,” said one surfer. “We see them here all the time, sometimes surfing on it when the water is clear.”
Beach safety officials have said that this particular area of New Smyrna Beach generates some of the best waves on the East Coast, which attracts surfers, but is also home to baitfish that sharks love to feed on.
“You have these surfers, you have these baitfish, and it’s just the perfect storm,” said Tammy Malphurs of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue. “They chase after the baitfish, they accidentally grab your foot, your hand, it’s a bite and release kind of thing.
Wikso said her mother is a longtime surfer who knows the region’s reputation. He doesn’t think her close encounter will keep her away from waves in the future.
“I think she’ll be back in the water in a few months when she’s completely healed,” Wikso said.
Officials said it was the first shark bite of 2021 at New Smyrna Beach.
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